Former Major Leaguer and current ESPN talking bobble-head Rick Sutcliffe was on his soapbox after the fallout from Ryan Braun’s 65-game performance-enhancing drug suspension which was handed down by MLB commissioner Bud Selig. During the July 22nd Yankees vs. Rangers ESPN broadcast, Sutcliffe proceeded to go on a passionate rant about how lesser players cannot receive the accolades they deserve when top tier players are producing more prolific statistics because of PED usage. Sutcliffe then brought up the name Wally Joyner who made his first and only MLB All-Star team in 1986. Sutcliffe argued that other players were out-producing Joyner because of the rampant PED use in the 80’s and 90’s in Major League Baseball. As a result, poor old Wally Joyner was overlooked and never made it back to another All-Star team for the rest of his career. If one is willing to suspend all basic knowledge of fact and reality, this would be quite a compelling argument from the former big-league pitcher.
The truth is that Wally Joyner was a lifetime .289 hitter with a grand total of 204 home-runs and 1,106 RBI’s. PED's aside, how many extra All-Star team selections could Joyner possibly have earned with those pedestrian numbers? The real answer is MAYBE one or two. More importantly, Wally Joyner’s name came up on the 2007 Mitchell Report, which was a 21-month long independent investigation that un-covered 89 current or former MLB players that are alleged to have used PED’s. Armed with a complete disregard for facts and common sense, Sutcliffe's on-air PED crusade made him come off as a mis-guided windbag. Next time, Mr. Sutcliffe should actually do some research before he opens his trap on national TV. Next round's on me Rick, Cheers!